Sandvine and Optenet announce SaaS parental controls
Broadband network company Sandvine and SaaS security provider Optenet announced a new partnership Monday to develop a parental controls service for broadband subscribers.
The new SaaS-based solution will allow customers to set up parental controls on broadband services without subscribing to a third-party security provider. It will combine application- and subscriber-awareness from Sandvine with threat analysis and content filtering from Optnet.
"With our combined technologies, we are making the internet a safer place for children and other broadband users," said Optenet president and chief executive Francisco Martin Abreu.
The solution will classify web content in real time, and will allow subscribers to customize settings to determine what type of content to accept. Settings will be stored in the solution's architecture, so changes to web browser settings will not interfere with parental controls.
In offering this new solution, Sandvine and Optenet may be trying to cater to the growing market of consumers and institutions that are turning to SaaS security services for the value and convenience they provide. A study by technology research firm Gartner found that security services in the cloud can offer lower operating costs and faster deployment than equivalent on-premise solutions.
December 14, 2009
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